A 60-year-old man was arrested after allegedly killing 4 individuals in a “focused” sequence of shootings on Monday, the police in British Columbia mentioned.
The gunman, who the authorities had not named as of Tuesday morning, killed two males and two ladies in three places inside about three miles of one another within the metropolis of Penticton, mentioned Ted De Jager, superintendent of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. The primary taking pictures was reported at 10:30 a.m., and the suspect had turned himself in by 11:30 a.m., he mentioned.
The victims weren’t recognized, pending notification of their households. However the police mentioned they believed the gunman knew all the victims.
“Whereas the investigation stays energetic and ongoing, we do consider this was a focused incident,” Mr. De Jager mentioned at a information convention on Monday.
The taking pictures was the deadliest on report in Penticton, a metropolis of about 34,000 individuals that’s a couple of four-and-a-half-hour drive from Vancouver. All through the province, mass shootings are uncommon: It was solely the fifth taking pictures in British Columbia that killed greater than 4 individuals. The final such taking pictures was in 1996, in response to Penticton Western Information.
It was not instantly recognized what sort of gun had been used within the assaults.
Gun house owners in Canada should be licensed. Earlier than a license is granted, officers test the client’s previous for any violent crimes or habits, crimes involving firearms or violent episodes associated to psychological sickness within the previous 5 years.
Handguns, semiautomatic and automated weapons should be registered with the federal authorities, however lawmakers eradicated a nationwide registry of rifles and shotguns in 2012.
Final 12 months, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau proposed increasing the background assessment to the licensee’s complete lifetime whereas resuming the record-keeping for some rifle and shotgun gross sales, prompting a fierce pushback from some gun house owners.
The nationwide long-gun registry, launched in 1995 in response to a mass taking pictures of scholars in Montreal, was unpopular in rural areas however supported by the police. Lawmakers in Quebec voted in 2016 to create the province’s personal registry, over the protests of gun house owners.
Officers have pointed to a current enhance in a number of gun-related crimes, together with gun-related homicides. Canada’s murder price reached a 10-year excessive final 12 months, pushed largely by gang-related shootings, in response to a authorities report.
Debates over gun legal guidelines heated up in Canada final 12 months after a taking pictures in Toronto killed two individuals and wounded 13 others in July. In response, the town council urged the federal authorities ban handgun gross sales within the metropolis, whereas the Montreal Metropolis Council known as for a nationwide ban on the weapons.